The Christian Index published a great article about the growth of the church I serve as pastor and the completion of our recent Hwy. 76 campus. This article is a great testimony to a God who provides all of our needs and a great group of people who will not give up!

I love my church! Way to go crew!

Read the article here: https://christianindex.org/liberty-one-congregation-on-three-campuses/

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When you say, “I go to church with them”, how much of a difference is there between you and “them?” Unfortunately there is not a lot of difference between people within congregations in the church. We have the white church, the black church, the blue collar church, the white collar church, the millennial church, the baby-boomer church, the contemporary church, and the traditional church. There are lots of types of churches – some for us and others for them.

Why is it that we fail so miserably and creating a welcoming community of faith for both “US” and “THEM?”

The tension between US and THEM is not new in the church, in fact it arose as early as Acts 11. But Peter points to the glory of God in saving both US and THEM as the reason the church should be so welcoming.

I Go to Church with Them? from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.

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You invite your friend to church. They say, “Yes.” They don’t show up.

You invite them again. They give you a good reason why they didn’t make it last week, but will be there this week. They don’t show up.

You invite them to your house for a cookout. There. You invite them to a Friday night football game. There. You invite them to the lake. Absolutely there! You invite them to church – never there!

Why is it that we have such a hard time getting our friends and family to accept our invitations to come to church? There is a simple explanation for it and knowing the reasons can help you become more effective in reaching your friends and family. I’ll explain in this recent message shared at Liberty Baptist Church: Far From Home.

Far From Home from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.

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It is hard to believe, but after 4 summers, 153 episodes, and now over 107,000 views; the Back Porch Psalms broadcast comes to an end.

On this final episode I will talk about the one thing you can give the God who has everything – something you can give Him that He just can’t get enough of! What is it? Find out in Psalm 150.

What to Give the God Who Has Everything – Psalm 150 #BackPorchPsalms

Posted by Brian Branam on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

So what’s next? What’s next is the release of my new book Pulse.

Men are giving up on marriage, work, and even life. Pulse will help a man get life back in rhythm by examining the life of David, a man the Bible calls “a man after God’s own heart.” I hope to have this book released in just a few weeks. Be watching for the official announcement.

Until then I want to say “thanks” to everyone who has been a part of Back Porch Psalms. Your comments and encouragement have kept me going. The good news is that every episode is archived for you to enjoy anytime.

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Tomorrow is the final episode of Back Porch Psalms; 4 summers, 150+ episodes and it all comes to a close on Wednesday morning. I want to thank everyone who has been a part of Back Porch Psalms for watching and commenting – so please don’t miss tomorrow!

Let me give you a heads up as a preacher. Just because you may not be looking at me, doesn’t mean I can’t see you! You wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve seen people do while I’m preaching! It’s amazing! I’ll share some of those things in this episode, but here is the important truth of it all. When it comes to worship; your coming effects what your doing and your doing will effect your going. How do you come, do, and go from worship?

Coming and Going – Psalm 149 #BackPorchPsalms

Posted by Brian Branam on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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Did you know that a dead snake can bite you? Snakes can move for several hours even after they have been split in two. Did you know that the venom of a dead snake can stay potent for weeks, even months?

The Bible teaches that we have an enemy that is defeated but not destroyed. He is tenacious and evil. You will be attacked!

Psalm 140 voices the prayer of David as he faces an enemy who is trying to trap and attack him. In doing so, he gives us three ways to pray when we are under attack. You have to know the enemy, but our confidence is in The Lord!

Dead Snake Bites – Psalm 140. #BackPorchPsalms

Posted by Brian Branam on Monday, August 13, 2018

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We have all been in places we don’t want to be. You want to hang it up, give up, and cry it out.

Psalm 137 is a song of raw emotion from someone who is where they do not want to be. There is a line in the Psalm that is surprising and may be offensive. What does it mean? Why was it said? Find the answer to this question as well as some guidance on how to pray when you are not where you want to be in this episode of Back Porch Psalms.

The Day the Music Died – Psalm 137. #BackPorchPsalms

Posted by Brian Branam on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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We have all experienced disagreement and disunity. Those seasons of life are stressful. There is a great blessing God gives in connected, unified community. When the people of God “dwell” together in unity it is refreshing and encouraging. In this episode of Back Porch Psalms we look at three critical relationships every person needs.

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Psalm 133. #BackPorchPsalms

Posted by Brian Branam on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Tom Brady dedicates himself to preparing for Sunday saying that he doesn’t want to “just show up for Sunday.” What’s missing in our preparation as the people of God? Are we just showing up for Sunday?

 

Preparing for Sunday – Psalm 132. #BackPorchPsalms

Posted by Brian Branam on Monday, July 30, 2018